SALEM, Ore. — If you’re an Oregonian who is eligible to vote but haven’t registered, and are reading this in your morning newspaper, you’re too late to sign up for the 2016 elections.
The secretary of state’s office says the deadline to register was at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.
It’s not as if there wasn’t plenty of notice. But if you’re in a cave in Cave Junction or in a really remote spot in Remote, you might have missed it.
If you’re seeing this online before the deadline, the secretary of state says that if you have an Oregon DMV number, registration can be easily done at OregonVotes.gov. If you lack a DMV number, the site tells you what to do.
Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins on Tuesday expressed her confidence in the security of Oregon’s election system.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has repeatedly asserted that the Nov. 8 election will be “rigged” but has offered no evidence.
“Nationally, the conversation about election security and ‘rigged’ elections is causing an undeserved and damaging distraction,” Atkins said in a statement. “These assertions are not based in reality.”
In Oregon, Atkins said, elections are run by the 36 counties and have numerous safeguards.
“Our vote by mail system provides a paper trail for each vote cast,” she said. “Voter fraud is extremely rare in Oregon and nationwide, and the cases are typically isolated events of innocent mistakes rather than a wide-scale, coordinated effort to undermine the election.”
A record number of people — more than 2.5 million — are registered to vote in Oregon, boosted by a voter registration law. Oregon Motor Voter took effect on Jan. 1 and registers voters when they obtain or renew their driver’s license, permit or identification card.
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